Cist – The Frozen Casket

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Redefining Darkness Records & Reaper Metal Productions
Released: 2018
Buy album: https://redefiningdarknessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/cist-the-frozen-casket
Band website: https://www.facebook.com/cistband/

Band line-up:

Nikolay Komshukov – Guitars
Vitaliy Luschenkov – Vocals
Mikhail Shtrudel – Drums

Tracklisting:
  1. Antiseptic
  2. Incubation
  3. Injected Obsession
  4. Mitosis Simulation
  5. Cryonesia
  6. Chemical Tomb
  7. Imitator
  8. Synthetic Life
Review

Cist is a three-piece Russian band, here with their second EP of death-thrash, The Frozen Casket. If you like your thrash bloody, raw and violent, this should offer a pretty decent blast of satisfaction.

Cist definitely lean towards the darker, nastier side of their chosen genre, sounding similar to offerings from Possessed or Deceased, and for the most part they carry it off well, especially for such a young band. Many try for the deliberately lo-fi ‘classic’ production, and it can have mixed results, with some missing the mark and just sounding weak for the attempt. Here it meshes together nicely: everything is audible, but always manages to sound drenched in bile and acid. The one area that stumbles a little in this is the percussion. It still doesn’t sound flimsy or frail, but it noticeably doesn’t pack the same wallop as the other aspects of the music.

The other main thing Cist seem to have going for them is an understanding that they don’t have to hold down the throttle all the time. Again, it’s a pitfall other bands fall into, and it leads to dull, repetitive albums that just sound the same throughout. The Frozen Casket knows to ease off and vary the tempo from time to time, to keep the music interesting, while still maintaining that brutality as a whole. “Chemical Tomb” manages this very well, knowing just when to shift things up to make it catchy in that very thrashy, aggressive way. The breakdown in “Mitosis Simulation” is great, the sort where every aspect comes together and immediately DEMANDS you bang your head.

On the whole, it still might not be anything ground-breaking, but I think Cist show promise, especially if they can continue to add variety and pacing into their song-writing.

Review by

Kieron Hayes

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